You're right FF, we really got dinged on that last checkpoint. My GPU did bring it home but not quite to the front door; only a couple thousand short of the day record.
Maybe I should have gotten out and pedaled after all!
Awww well, tomorrow (today) is a new day!
As for the "point values vs. greater participation" question, it is to me greater participation that is making the difference. Without a doubt, and here's why(*):
Based on my historical point values for returning an x17 WU in about 7 hours (for approximately 27k-28k), we would have to finish only 20 to 30 x17's per day (at that speed) to make our rough daily average of 650,000 points. Instead, it is requiring us to finish 60 to 70 work units per day to make that number of points. So I think the difference this year is increased participation
, hands down. And THAT is how big projects usually get done anyway; by participation from a lot of "Average Joe" types and not by Superman!
(*) Using a tried and truly approximate methodology called "Cocktail Napkin Math" (Napkin optional. Math optional.) It's how I roll.
P.S. I'm not calling anybody average. You are all exceptional!
P.P.S I'm not calling myself or my rig "Superman". I am merely average, so very lucky to currently have the wind at my back!